ROSEMARY Cousin, Greens-endorsed candidate in the Tarwin Valley Ward, has called on South Gippsland Council to advocate for VicRoads to urgently install safety measures on the Roughead Street/South Gippsland Highway intersection in Leongatha.

“It is critical that council advocates for VicRoads’ action now, before a major accident occurs here,” Ms Cousin said.

Three highways, that carry heavy vehicles and local and tourist traffic, currently meet at a complicated intersection which has no traffic lights in South Gippsland’s largest town, Ms Cousin said.

“Pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders who use the Great Southern Rail Trail cannot safely cross at Roughead Street where the Rail Trail stops abruptly, despite the trail continuing on the other side of this heavily trafficked road,” Ms Cousin said.

The unmanaged dog-leg intersection is widely known as the most dangerous in South Gippsland and council has a duty to advocate for action to protect the community, Ms Cousin said.

“Council must do all it can now to advocate for VicRoads to fix the most dangerous intersection in South Gippsland.

“We must act before it’s too late.

“Administrator proposals for the Rail Trail to cross South Gippsland Highway near the Police Station simply don’t solve the Roughead Street crossing problem.

“There are short-term fixes that could help right now like installing temporary traffic lights. But the reality is the state government, in cooperation with the

South Gippsland Council, must find a way to permanently improve this intersection for the safety of all who use it.

“If elected, I would move an urgent motion that council advocates with all political parties in the Victorian Parliament and VicRoads to immediately introduce safety improvements and assess all safe long-term solutions including options for heavy vehicles from all three highways to bypass Leongatha central.”

Contributed by Rosemary Cousin, Allambee South, Tarwin Valley Ward candidate endorsed by the Greens.